Wesley’s STEM UR-CATS (Undergraduate Research – Center for Analytics, Talent and Success) selected 24 STEM majors as Cannon Scholars. The Cannon Scholars program was established to recruit and retain academically talented students and it seeks to increase the number of underrepresented, financially disadvantaged students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in the four STEM areas – biological chemistry, biology, environmental science, and mathematics. In addition, the program aims to strengthen these students’ preparation for and interest in pursuing a future graduate/professional program, thereby increasing the numbers of well-educated and skilled employees in technical areas of regional and national need.
“This scholarship opportunity has allowed students to not only defray college expenses but to focus on their STEM academic interests,” said Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research, Dr. Malcolm D’Souza. “The future looks bright in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) because of grant opportunities like these as they make it possible for students to concentrate and to participate in activities that reinforce self-confidence in the STEM fields.”
For the 2019-2020 academic year, $61,434 was awarded to 24 deserving STEM majors. Based on the students’ financial need (FAFSA), scholarships were awarded through the NSF DE-EPSCoR (WiCCED) program, the NIH-NIGMS DE-INBRE program and the NASA DESGC program.